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marginal (adj.)

1570s, "written or printed on the margin of a page," from Medieval Latin marginalis, from Latin margo "edge, brink, border, margin" (see margin (n.)). Sense of "of little effect or importance" first recorded 1887. Related: Marginally.

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Definitions of marginal from WordNet

marginal (adj.)
just barely adequate or within a lower limit;
a marginal victory
Synonyms: bare
marginal (adj.)
at or constituting a border or edge;
the marginal strip of beach
Synonyms: fringy
marginal (adj.)
of questionable or minimal quality;
marginal writing ability
Synonyms: borderline
marginal (adj.)
producing at a rate that barely covers production costs;
marginal industries
From wordnet.princeton.edu